evolution of computer delivery

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Evolution of computer delivery

Here’s how a computer is delivered to you.

1970: here’s the electronics. And instructions. You can build it in 2 days.

1980: here’s the computer. switch on. it works.

1990: here’s the computer. and internet. and memory card reader. Mouse. Plus a dongle. and a converter. and some gadgets. and oh, here’s the CD-ROM drive.

2000: here’s all of the above; and twitter. ask the rest from there.

2010: come to surgery, we’ll have the computer implanted.

2011: it’s time you come to Service pack 4 surgery.

2012: awfully sorry, sir. Cross-connected 2 wires. Need to open you again.

3g · location · mobile · mobile network · Nokia e71 · ubiset


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Building your own ubiset:

– buy a modern 3G phone
– install the following software:
* Google Maps (http://www.google.com/mobile/)
* Tweets60 (http://www.tweets60.com/)
* Glogger Lite (http://m.glogger.mobi/)
* Fring (though it’s a battery drain)

This set gives you access to a lot of info on the road. You can keep in touch
and document (Glogger) what you see. Fring is quite on drain on battery, so be
careful with that. My mobile was sucked empty in 1 day instead of normal
3-4 days (at that point of its life).

Also, read EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) instructions about how
to preserve your location privacy. At least if you decide to give away
information you know how it can be (ab)used.

[ubiset = equipment needed for ubiquitous presence, the ability to stay in touch with a network of services and friends]
blogspot · computing · Nokia · ovi · scientology · turnoff

loss of control – it happens

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Blogspot displays scientology ads in my blog. Great.

Ovi store lets me browse for applications, and when I find an interesting AND free one, it says this is no longer available. Why let me browse it then?

Loss of control. You’re not in charge. That’s a major factor and a turnoff in computing. When systems leave you out, without the means to correct the particular issue. I don’t think I can decide which ads to display along my writings. I’m not that particularly pissed off by the scientology ad, but it just surprised me in a way: “Oh, and *this* can happen!” It kind of woke me up to reality.

Because in the worst case, someone would think I’m praising scientology in my blog. The ad was quite big and visible, not text but graphics.

If anyone knows if there’s any control over one’s blog in Blogspot, drop me a note. Would be appreciated!



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Suetube – coming up

The way we do business might revolutionize every now and then. I think
there’s a clear need for Suetube, a video-age service for all companies.
If you think you’ve got a bad deal, just scan and upload it to Suetube.
Professional peers and the patented DealZen algorithm can check out
the figures and terms, and advice you whether to sue or not.
Don’t be left alone in the pit; rise up and Suetube!

Examples of realworld wins:
“Mommy, Bill has a browser attached to the OS. Please help!” And mommy
put severe fines on Bill.

3g · assembly · Commodore · eyetap · mobile · Nokia e71 · traffic

non-intravenous ED

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No, don’t open your mail. You have about 400 unread messages, of which
luckily 98% can be deleted without going further than a mere flick.
I won’t suggest that you’d be reckless, but I once deleted over
600 mails and the decision brought no pain whatsoever. It relieved
me a lot.

There’s a better way nowadays. You can Archive, with GMail. So
if you have second thoughts, you can always access your killed mail.

Mail hurts your brain. It’s a constraint to the creativeness we all
have inside. Unless Google Wave changes that dramatically. Well,
of course you have to be realistic. It’s our garbage that we
create, so I don’t expect a product to clean it all up.

But wait a second; am I really talking this? I live basically out of
mail, blogs, Twitter, and Facebook. They are part of me.

The news company I was working for had a telecaster set up today.
It looked like a torture machine out of the 1930s, with a pole and
all those electrical cords attached to it. But it was high-tech,
I’m sure of that. And I really don’t mean to say that it wouldn’t
be efficient, it’s just that I think there’s going to be
a challenger around the corner.

I’ve been a geek since 1983. In the end of 1990s, there was a new
toy on the market: PDA. A personal digital assistant. Don’t let
the name fool you. It’s silicon alright, but not that kind of.
The machine consists of a screen, memory, cpu, keyboard, and
usually no direct mobile network connection. Essentially it
was a 8 megabyte address book.

It ran EPOC, which became Symbian. I remember that the operating
system excelled in being very tightly coded, and thus didn’t
hog up memory much.

Years roll by, but the amount of trash I carry doesn’t go down.
This is one point which will change. With things like Eyetap
(from Steve Mann) the user will be liberated from carrying
electronics around. I have to admit I have been quite
addicted to the concept. It’s such cyborgish! And provides
real benefits, not just geeky humour stuff. The eyetap
is something that has been waited for decades.
Did you know that the movie Terminator was partially inspired
by this technology? You can see a scene in which the Terminator’s
point of view is projected; the reddish scene, in which
Commodore C=64 assembly language statements scroll! 🙂
(Ok, it was called Apple II assembly, but they both
use the MOS 6502 cpu).

I’m currently riding a bus. With me, I have Branson’s newest book,
as Irvine Welsh’s; there’s an ED, my dear Nokia e71, a wallet, and my laptop with
3G card. I consider myself mobile. But I still want to trash most
the these gadgets, and start using a single one. Would be my
dream come true. Still, ED non-intravenously, please.